Overnight buses must be, hands down, my favourite means of transport to travel around and discover Turkey. It’s affordable, efficient, comfortable, mostly reliable and more importantly hopefully more ecological than flying domestic. To be honest, the last time I did actually fly domestic was when Lufthansa had yet another strike and changed my direct flight to Munich, to one with a stopover in Istanbul last year around this time. Usually now, unless it’s a direct flight from Ankara (a rare case in itself), I tend to book all my flights starting from Istanbul and then bus it to Istanbul – a 6 hour journey, now the norm for me.
Last winter (yes I can say that because we’re officially in spring now, WIN), I spent three weeks volunteering at GROL Garden located in Girne (Greek name: Kyrenia), Northern Cyprus, and I have to say during that short time, I settled quite well in this idyllic little Mediterranean town. Wherever I went around the island, it always felt good to come back to what I was calling home during those three weeks. I found it less crowded than most places I had been to (which in fair honesty isn’t that much to start with) but also the “island-y” feeling it gave off definitely reminded me of Mauritius. For all I know, it could easily have been one of the coastal towns of my home country – except we have prettier beaches, of course.
No, this ain’t yet another division line in the tiny island that Cyprus is although I wonder naming “it” the blue line was in some way taking a dig at the Green Line that divides the Republic of Cyprus and the occupied Turkish part of the island. Also known as the Nicosia trail, “it” actually is a 4.5 km long physical blue line painted on the streets of Nicosia, or rather should I say Lefkoşa, to lead tourists to the main attractions in the city.